Diogo Mourato, Author at Anthill Online
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The favourite time of the year for children and retailers around the world is once again right around the corner. Santa is coming to town and Australians are getting ready to buy their gifts for family and friends.

Interface Innovation and Inovia have given hands to launch a new online patent filing platform which will allow Australian innovators to file patents overseas. According to Dr. Kiki Tanousis, a director of Interface innovation, the new online service aims to drop the prices of filing patents overseas, which is one of the most costly processes in the patenting process.

In 2012, global R&D spending is expected to grow by 5.2% reaching $1.4 trillion, says the latest Battelle – R&D Magazine annual Global R&D Funding Forecast. In Australia, R&D investment is expected to reach $21.8 billion.

Every business employing staff and selling either a product or service can be a victim of employee theft. For a business to be successful trust needs to be placed in the hands of employees; unfortunately from time to time this trust is abused. So much so the cost of employee theft goes into the billions.

Every New Year, under the spell of the fireworks and with a glass of champagne in hand, millions of Australians express their need to start anew. But what is the real impact of the New Year resolutions? IBISWorld answers this question, one resolution at the time.

In collaboration with several community and governmental organisations, Australian car sharing service GoGet has added the first fully electric vehicle to its Melbourne fleet.

According to the latest BizExchange Index of Private Company Values, the number of small businesses for sale has achieved a new record. Keeping up with the trend registered in the last quarters, the September quarter BizExchange Index shows that Australian business owners continue to try to sell their businesses while market sentiment remains negative.

With technology changing the publishing landscape and with eBook sales increasing in Australia every year, Palmer Higgs has launched Australia's first online eBookstore with Digital Rights Management to attract buyers and protect the rights of Australian authors.

According to the 2011 edition of the Country Brand Index, Australia is the fifth most powerful country brand in the world, following Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand and Japan and ranking above countries such as the United States, France and Italy. The report also shows that the general opinion is that Australia is good for business, ranking 4th on the list of the countries with the best investment climate.

Marketing agency April5 has secured a $20,000 Enterprise Connect innovation grant to develop and implement business strategies and plans which will increase productivity and growth.

The worth of the Asia Pacific digital games market will grow from $13 billion in 2011 to $30 billion in 2016, according to Ovum. Behind the growth is the rise of the casual gamer, who uses platforms such as tablets and smartphones to play digital games, and the free-to-play model.

Female business owners are embracing social media faster than their male counterparts, says American Express. On the other hand, male business owners are more willing to adopt new technologies and gadgets. “While male business owners focus on the importance of acquiring the tools with which to get connected, their female counterparts are more focused on putting these tools to work for them.”

The 2011 Telstra Australian Business Women’s Awards distinguished NSW Deputy Commissioner for Corporate Services Catherine Burn with the Business Woman of the Year award.

The Cloud Booster Program has just been launched. The program, which was created by Ninefold, is designed to accelerate the growth of Australian start-ups. The cloud computing company also announced Pollenizer and Startmate as the program’s first partners, which were soon joined by Innovation Bay and AngelCube.

After launches earlier this in the US, Canada, UK and the Netherlands and its recent expansion to other European countries, such as Germany, France and Italy, the Microsoft Advertising Exchange has finally been launched in Australia. About time! But how is it different to Google AdWords?

Australian IP’s Dream Shield has just been award the Social Responsibility Award from the Australian Marketing Institute for its social contribution and impact in the indigenous community.

A professional sales person communicates with all different types of people. The information you relay to a client and customer should be tailored for your audience. The best way to listen to a customer or client is to ask questions and listen to the answers. So, what are the values your clients hold dear?

Winged Media, a developer of technologies in digital media, domain assets and online publishing, has raised $3 million from the Carnegie Innovation Fund, which is supported by the Innovation Investment Fund (IIF) program, a federal Government initiative. The investment will be used to further its Protrada platform. An aggregator of the major domain auction houses, Protrada allows members to buy and sell domains, and provides data and analysing tools.

The Australian venture capital firm Starfish Ventures has invested $3 million in DesignCrowd, according to a media release dispatched on Thursday. The Australian start-up, a design crowdsourcing community with more than 40,000 registered graphic designers, plans to use the new investment to launch two new services in 2012 and to expand its client base outside Australia.

Among the latest Spark: Pro Winners is an Australian product which was distinguished with a Silver award. You might recognise the name, as earlier this year the innovation also scored top spot in Anthill's Smart 100. Created to promote the use of tap water, 321 Water turns tap water into clean, fresh and tasty water through the use of a filter which uses activated carbon to capture chemicals, including chlorine and other tastes and odours.

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